Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What's new on EngageNY?

Questions and Answers about the new EngageNY

Frequently Asked Questions about Common Core Curriculum


What's new on EngageNY?

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is pleased to present new design changes to EngageNY.org. Educators have found the content on EngageNY.org useful but requested better structure and organization. The enhancements to the site emphasize “discoverability” – helping educators find resources, videos, and other information more quickly and easily.

Be sure to watch our overview video that gives you a quick tour of all the new features!

Newsletter Subscriptions

Visitors to EngageNY.org can now sign up to receive timely updates about particular topic areas or general updates. When something new is added to the site in a topic of interest to you, you’ll get an alert. You can sign up for our newsletter by clicking on the “newsletter” link at the top of any page.

Discoverable Content

With new functionality, you can spend less time searching and more time using great content with your students.

Curriculum Maps: One of the biggest improvements to EngageNY is the addition of new curriculum maps, which allow educators to quickly locate materials in either English Language Arts or Mathematics at any grade level. You can find the curriculum maps in three different ways:

  1. Select "Common Core Curriculum" from the Common Core menu at the top of any page
  2. Visit the Common Core Library and click on “Find More Curriculum” at the top
  3. Visit the Common Core Library and use the filters on the left to find the curriculum maps by subject and/or grade

Within the curriculum maps, lessons and units have been organized into easy-to-navigate year-long curriculum maps. You can navigate them in two ways. You can follow the materials in the set sequence using the “next”/”previous” buttons at the top of the map OR you can browse the collection of materials in the map itself. All materials are tagged by topic, grade, subject, and Common Core standard. Each page includes resources you can download.

Professional Development Kits: Our collections of professional development resources are also easier to find and to use. You can find the professional development kits by using the Professional Development submenu at the top of any page. From that menu, you can find the kits organized by topic by choosing either Teacher Training or Principal Training, or you can find the kits organized by Network Team Institute date. You can also find the kits by visiting our Professional Development Library and using the filters on the left to find the toolkits by subject, grade, and topic.

Video Library: The Video Library is easier to navigate and now features albums of videos organized by topic, such as Common Core instruction and overview videos, Teacher and Leader Evaluation webinars, and presentations from the Network Team Institutes.

Tagging: All content is tagged with descriptive information, known as “Tags” to help you find what you need quickly, using the powerful search tools and “Filters.”

Look and feel: We also listened to your feedback about wanting an updated site with a newer look and feel. The resources you’ve been using are still here; we’ve just cleaned up the site to make it easier to use. We hope you like these upgrades.

  • We haven’t changed the site navigation at the top, but we’ve added sub-menus to help you find popular resources.
  • We update the featured items on the EngageNY home page regularly, highlighting new resources and timely information.

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Questions and Answers about the new EngageNY

Q: There was some great content that I bookmarked. Will I still be able to find it?

A: Yes! All of your bookmarks will still work. If you can’t find a page, contact us and we will help you.

Q: Will there be other changes to EngageNY?

A: Yes. Please continue to visit EngageNY.org for updates about new features, details, and timelines.

Q: It seems like this content is just for educators. Is there anything for parents?

A: The Toolkit for Parents and Families explains how New York’s education initiatives will help children graduate from high school ready for college and careers. We encourage parents and families to use these tools along with information they receive from their child’s school and teachers. In addition, we plan to add new parent resources in the near future

Q: The new maps and tags are great, but how do I just search for something specific?

A: You can find materials by typing in keywords in the search box at the top of the page. When you get your results you’ll see a panel of “Filters” to refine your search further. To access the filters without entering a keyword first, click on the magnifying glass. Once you are in the results page, you can use the filter options to find what you’re looking for. You can also use the “Sort” feature to help you find content by allowing you to change the sorting of your results from most recent, to most relevant, or to most viewed.

Q: I visit EngageNY frequently. Is there a way to see the most recently updated content?

A: There are now several ways to find the most recently updated content on EngageNY.

  • On the EngageNY home page, the “Recent Videos” section is a brand-new feature that highlights the most recent Common Core and professional development videos.
  • The “Featured” resources and “News” sections are updated regularly, highlighting new resources and timely information.
  • If you search for information, you can sort your search results by “Most Recent” by clicking the arrow next to the word “Sort” at the top right of the search results page.
  • If you select any of the site section categories from the top navigation, you can also sort the results here to find the most recent updates to each site section.
  • You can also sign up to receive general or specific updates through our newsletter.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Common Core Curriculum

  1. Are the modules mandated?

    The curricular and instructional resources on EngageNY may be adopted or adapted by schools and districts for local use. Some lessons in the modules provide detailed instructions or recommendations, but it is important to note that the lessons are not scripts. Rather, the lessons should be viewed as vignettes to help the reader imagine how the class could look. These resources are optional and supplemental, and school districts are free to develop or purchase other materials for local use.

    Lessons are adaptable to allow for teacher preference and flexibility so that classroom instruction can meet students' needs while maintaining alignment with the Common Core learning standards. If you choose to make significant changes to lessons, the Tristate/EQuIP rubric is available to help you evaluate the quality, rigor, and alignment of your adapted lessons.

    Also, please note that the Math modules include a significant number of problem sets so that teachers can provide students with plenty of opportunities to practice and apply their knowledge. Educators can help students achieve deep conceptual knowledge by asking them to complete selected problems that have been designed in a sequential, thoughtful order. It is not expected that all the problems in a problem set be administered, but rather educators can choose from the problems provided. Educators are free to adapt this curriculum using their own judgment regarding student needs and pace of the semester and/or year.

  2. How can I provide feedback on the curriculum modules?

    If you have any feedback on the curriculum modules, let us know by completing the Curriculum Feedback Form. We will review all feedback as we continue to make improvements to the materials.

  3. Although educators realize that the modules are meant to serve as a guide, they are concerned that the exact methods and wording used in the modules for teaching concepts will be adopted for the state assessments, thus putting students at a disadvantage if the modules are not followed exactly. Is this a valid concern?

    Any overlap between the modules and the state assessments would be derived from the appropriate and deliberate instructional application of the Common Core assessment design resources on EngageNY, resources that both the developers of the modules and the general public have access to. There are specific suggestions on the use of these design documents to design assessments and modify instruction for Mathematics and for English Language Arts.

    In addition, the assessments in the English Language Arts and Mathematics modules for grades 3-8 use the same rubrics used to evaluate student responses on the 3-8 NYS assessments. Use of these rubrics in conjunction with the instructional application of the Common Core assessment design resources is in strong alignment with the Common Core Learning Standards and the state assessments. The rubrics can be found within the Test Guides for English Language Arts and Mathematics.

    Finally, please note that the Mathematics modules include a significant number of problem sets so that students have ample opportunity to practice and apply their knowledge. Educators can help students to achieve deep conceptual knowledge by asking them to complete selected problems that have been designed in a sequential, thoughtful order. It is not expected that all the problems in a problem set be administered, but rather educators can choose from the ample amount of problems provided. Educators may certainly adapt this curriculum using their own judgment regarding student needs and pace of the semester and/or year.

  4. Are the modules available in hard copy for a fee?

    We currently do not have an option available to purchase hard copies of curricular materials. Districts that choose to reproduce the New York State Common Core ELA/Literacy and Mathematics curriculum modules may claim the expenditures for reproduction for State Textbook Aid. More information about state textbook aid is available here: http://www.engageny.org/resource/state-textbook-aid-reproduction-new-york-state-common-core-elaliteracy-and-mathematics

  5. I've noticed that not all modules are available for all grades. When will the rest of modules be available?

    We are actively working with our curriculum vendors to complete the remaining curriculum modules in both Mathematics and ELA as soon as possible. Status updates will be posted regularly at: http://www.engageny.org/resource/curriculum-module-updates

  6. Are the modules available in Spanish (or other languages)?

    The English Language Arts modules are only available in English, but NYSED is working on an initiative to translate the mathematics curriculum modules into the top 5 languages spoken in New York State, including Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Bengali, and Haitian Creole. Please see our chart of all available translated mathematics modules. Additional translations will be posted as they become available.

    To support teachers in ensuring that ELLs meet the high demands of the New York State Common Core Learning Standards, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) is developing a blueprint for ELL success. This blueprint includes guiding principles that will support teachers in addressing the academic language and content needs required by the Common Core Learning Standards.

    In addition, NYSED has been working on several initiatives to create resources and supports for schools and districts as they implement the Common Core with ELLs. These initiatives include, but are not limited to:

    • Working with the American Institute for Research on a project led by Diane August to enhance and build on scaffolds for ELLs in the P-12 Common Core ELA and Math Curriculum.
    • Developing the New York State Bilingual Common Core Progressions, which address each Common Core standard and demonstrate how ELLs at all levels of language development can reach the Common Core standards.
    • Developing new resources for parents of ELLs to enable them to make informed decisions about their child's education.
    • Developing Native Language Arts exemplars in the top 5 languages spoken in NYS, including Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Bengali and Haitian Creole that complement the P-12 Common Core ELA Modules.
    • Aligning the NYSESLAT to the Common Core and developing a new identification exam, NYSITELL, aligned to the Common Core.
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